IKEA have just unveiled their latest collection with Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek. For their second collaboration, the duo have teamed up to create a range of furniture and homeware that showcases imperfections aptly named ‘Industriell’ – we can only assume the English translation!
The IKEA x Piet Hein Eek ‘Industriell’ Collection includes range of limited-edition pieces which are all designed to look slightly different from one another – challenging the notion that all IKEA products are the same and everybody owns them.
Featuring a selection of chairs, tables, ceramics, textiles and glassware, the aim of the Industriell Collection was to ‘redefine mass-produced products by turning uniformity on its head.’ Hein Eek achieved this partly through his use of materials. The chair, bench and tables, for example, were constructed using pine wood, each with its own knots and grains.
As well as material imperfection, another way uniqueness of product was guaranteed was through colour stains which contrast throughout the range from bright yellows and blues, to softer greys and blacks.
On the ceramic side of things, vases have been created from different handcrafted moulds ensuring each of them have a chunky form. Glassware was created by two different machines for a mismatched feel, while textile-wise, two patterns were created – one in a checkerboard pattern and another with stripes –with designs hand drawn by Hein Eek.
The IKEA x Piet Hein Eek Industriell collection is available now in IKEA stores up and down the UK.
In other news, IKEA’s reserach laboratory, Space10, has just unveiled a new menu of foods of the future featuring Mealworm Burgers and Algae Hotdogs.